Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller that follows two young women; Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance. All signs point to Jeanette’s guilt, but is Kate really who she seems to be? Set over three summers and told through shifting points of view, the series challenges perception and follows how one girl can go from being a sweet outlier to the most despised person in America. The highly anticipated teen thriller from Freeform is executive produced by Jessica Biel (The Sinner, Limetown), has several twists and turns in every episode, and is a definite must watch series.
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to chat with series star Chiara Aurelia (who gives a breathtaking tour-de-force performance in the psychological drama) and the following is an edited version of our Zoom video interview.
Cruel Summer premieres with a special two-hour event tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform and ABC Spark